The month of February is quickly approaching and with it comes Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year, as it is a very special time to demonstrate love, kindness and thankfulness to family and friends. It is a day to remember those we love. Special sentiments are usually expressed in the form of pink and red hearts, flowers, balloons and candy.
It would seem that the most common symbol of Valentine’s Day are red and pink hearts. Sadly, the day can also be a painful reminder of our very broken hearts after the loss of our very special and precious children. We grieve deeply for them because we love them with all of our heart and soul. Our loss and intense grief is simply an expression of the love that we have for our children.
“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love”
(I saw this quote on someone’s Facebook page).
On this day we can reflect on the past Valentine memories we might have with them, but that can be hard and may bring with it great sadness. We know that Valentine’s Day will never be the way it was for us when our children were here.
As the day approaches, it brings me comfort to reflect on the love that God has for me. I believe that He is with me and is walking with me as I travel along this painful journey. His love fills my heart. He is guiding me and giving me the strength, courage and encouragement to make it through each day. I feel Kayla alongside me too, always a part of me, always in my heart.
I hope that by remembering that God is with you that it can bring you some sense of comfort and peace. God’s love and grace is available to us anytime, anywhere. He will help us and guide us. He will continue to give us the strength and encouragement we need to face every heart breaking moment the rest of our days.
May we each remember and be comforted this Valentine’s Day by God’s love. May we continue to demonstrate love for one another and try to celebrate the special day not in sadness but in loving memory of our children.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa
May we all find comfort on Valentine’s Day as we remember our beautiful children and know that God loves us and is with us.
"For God so loVed the world
That He gAve
Believes In Him
Shall Not perish,
But have Everlasting life”
Lisa Adsit, "a mom like you"
Fort Collins, CO